Winifred Walton Ferguson Trust Grants

A Ferguson Grant is for the construction, purchase, alteration or renovation of a building or buildings within the Diocese of Toronto for use as a home for aged men or women. Any such home shall be under the direct or indirect management of the Incorporated Synod of the Diocese of Toronto.


Ferguson Grants fall under the jurisdiction of the Trusts Committee.

Application Form / Checklist:

  • Click the link to download the Ferguson Grant application form.
  • Consult with your Area Bishop.
  • Your application should include
    • a completed form with signatures of the Incumbent and Churchwardens of the Parish
    • a letter of support from the Area Bishop
    • a copy of the Vestry Meeting Resolution giving approval in this matter
    • a copy of audited Financial Statements for the body operating the facility
  • Submit the application to Wendy Pearson, Property Resources, for processing.


Complete application packages must be received at least two (2) weeks prior to the Trusts Committee meeting date (meeting dates are available on the Trusts Committee web page). If a grant is approved, parishes are typically notified in writing within one (1) week of the Trusts Committee meeting. Depending on the timing of receipt of a parish’s complete application package, it can take approximately 30 days for a decision to be reached.


What is the typical range of the Ferguson Fund Grant award?
It is dependent upon the scope of the work.

When should we apply?
Whenever possible, the application for a grant should be made before any project is commenced or contracted.

Do we really need a letter of support from a Bishop? And how do we get one?
No application will be considered until it has been supported by your Area Bishop. Contact your Area Bishop’s Office to request a letter of support. The Bishop will need to see your application documents. Getting a support letter does take time. Don’t leave this until the last minute. Ideally, your Bishop should be apprised of your plans from the earliest stages.

Why do we need a Vestry motion?
A Vestry motion confirms that the parish is in support of the scope of work being undertaken.

How long do we have to claim payment from a grant?
A parish has one (1) year from the date of being notified of its grant approval to claim payment. If the time period has elapsed, then the parish must re-apply.

How often can we apply?
Not less than every twelve (12) months.


For more information, contact Wendy Pearson, Property Resources Specialist, at 416-363-6021, ext. 245 (1-800-668-8932).

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